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Interesting Georgia High School Mascots

ATLANTA -- Georgia high schools have some of the most interesting  mascots in the country. Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net takes a look at some of them.

Brantley County Blue Herons: Brantley County's school is basically in a swamp about 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean in Caney Bay. Though the Blue Herons are not a common mascot, they serve sports well. According to Nature.org, herons are "territorial and will aggressively defend their nests from interlopers."

Cairo Syrupmakers: The Syrupmakers will be at the top of any list of unique mascots. Though many people believe the name comes from Karo syrup, Karo is not from Cairo. Rodenberry's is the syrup that calls the South Georgia city home. The school's women's teams are referred to as Syrupmaids.

Role Models to Supermodels

Druid Hills High School teacher, Andrea Avery, is one of six winners in the Role Models to Supermodels: Jones New York and Macy’s Team Up to Honor contest. Teachers are kicking off fall fashion in A+ style this year by walking in their own fashion show featuring looks from Jones New York in partnership with Macy’s.

After the show, a Jones New York style expert will be on hand to help attendees master their own style using key pieces from the collection.

The fashion show kicks off Shop For Education Week, October 16-23, where 10 percent of the selling price (up to a maximum of $300,000) of apparel sold from Jones New York lines—Collection, Signature, Dress, Suit, and Outerwear—will be donated to Jones New York In The Classroom, a non-profit organization supporting teachers and children’s education.  

The show takes place at Macy’s Lennox Square Mall on October 16th at 2:00 p.m.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

AIDS Vaccine Conference to Meet in Atlanta, This Week

From Tuesday until Friday, many of the world’s HIV/AIDS scientific leaders and vaccine researchers are in Atlanta, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, attending AIDS Vaccine 2010, the only global scientific meeting devoted solely to HIV vaccine research. The Emory Center for AIDS Research will serve as the local host for the conference, taking place Sept. 28 – Oct. 1.

Nearly 1,100 researchers, funders, policy makers and advocates from around the world will focus on advances in the search for a safe and effective HIV vaccine. More than 500 scientific presentations will detail progress and challenges in the field.

2nd Chance Offender Re-entry Program in DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant in the amount of $424,852 by the US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs for the 2nd Chance Offender Re-entry Program.

The 2nd Chance Act Prisoner Re-entry Initiative aids in the funding of local and state governments for projects that help with the transition from incarceration to dealing with other individuals in the workplace and other capacities once released from jail.

The funds from the grant will provide pre-release and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with two non-profit organizations to help implement this program. They are STAND, Inc.

Thursday is DeKalb Employee Empowerment Day

September is Workforce Development month and In continuing the celebration of Workforce Development Month; DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, Board of Commissioners, and various county departments, in collaboration with DeKalb Workforce Development, will host the first ever DeKalb Employee Empowerment Day Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.

Randi Passoff Passes Away

ATLANTA -- Loved ones will gather Friday to celebrate the life of Randi Passoff, a warrior in the fight against breast cancer and founder of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk.

A two-time breast cancer survivor, Randi was determined not to let the disease that kills thousands of women every year break her stride.

After the Avon Breast Cancer Walk left Atlanta in 2004, Randi had a plan. She took the reins and created the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, a 30 mile walk to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. This year's walk runs Oct. 2 through 3. 

It's been seven years since the first one, and the organization Randi founded has raised nearly $7 million and awarded 107 local grants to breast cancer organizations.